A Publication of WTVP

40 Leaders Under Forty


Christina Robinson, Age 33

Engineer, Caterpillar

Christina Robinson

Robinson has broad control within Caterpillar’s integrated drive train organization, directing other engineers in addition to her own contributions.

Meanwhile, she “is the true definition of a servant leader,” especially in her work with the Junior League of Peoria (JLP).

“She is patient, humble, always puts others first … and listens,” said her nominator. “As president, she determined the strategy for our new mental health initiative by collaborating and partnering with our members and assessing needs in the community. She was instrumental in creating the board and membership structure to make a project of this magnitude possible. Christina serves as an exceptional example of what a good member looks like — achieving results for the JLP, donating her time to other causes in the community, all while maintaining a full-time career at Cat and excelling as a new mom.

Christina Robinson family


“The JLP would not be what it is today and quite possibly would have struggled to survive during COVID.”

Through JLP, she has been instrumental in helping Dream Center Peoria, Neighborhood House Association and Phoenix Community Development Services get the food they need for the children and families they serve. She was recognized as Volunteer of the Year by JLP in 2019. She also has been active with United Way and its Power of the Purse event.

Childhood ambition: “At first I wanted to be a teacher because I loved school. Then I looked at being a scientist since I loved my 8th grade science class. Once I got to high school, I realized my interest in math and science would fit well with engineering.”

Advice to 20-year-old self: “Keep being yourself and don’t change because of your surroundings or circumstances. Take on challenges, don’t always play it safe.”

Unknown to colleagues: “I am a big Justin Timberlake fan and have been to two concerts in the front row!  Now for the rumored NSYNC reunion tour …”

Best advice: “Don’t be afraid to say no or disagree. Trust yourself.”

Biggest challenge: “Confidence when presenting ideas/work as an engineer, especially as one of the only women typically in the room.”

Motivating social issue: “Women’s health and reproductive rights is a big one.”

Peoria needs: “Lou Malnati’s Pizza.”